Tuesday, June 17, 2008

PAPER UNCOVERS PLAGIARIZED STATE REPORT

As Governing noted, at least they didn't copy the name of the states from which they stole the stuff

ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION A "new vision" outlined for mental health care in Georgia last week isn't so new after all. Large sections of a report by Gov. Sonny Perdue's mental health commission were lifted, often verbatim, from a Michigan study published in 2004 and from two other sources, a review by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found. The commission's report, released last week by the governor's office, credits none of the cloned material. . .

University of Texas, 2006: "Mental illness is a common affliction. There are approximately 400,000 people who suffer from mental illness living in Harris County."

Georgia, 2008: "Mental illness is a common affliction. There are approximately 140,000 people who suffer from mental illness living in Fulton County."

American Psychiatric Association, 2005: "In the past, the subject of mental illness was surrounded with mystery and fear. Today, we have made tremendous progress in our understanding and, especially in our ability to offer effective treatments. However, questions about mental illness often go unanswered and stand in the way of people receiving help."

Georgia, 2008: "In the past, the subject of mental illness was surrounded with mystery and fear. Today, we have made tremendous progress in our understanding – especially, in our ability to offer effective treatments. However, questions about mental illness often go unanswered and stand in the way of people receiving help."

One complete section in the Georgia commission's report - an essay titled "What Is Mental Illness" - contained no original work, the Journal-Constitution found. By typing phrases and passages from the essay into Google, the Internet search engine, the newspaper determined that every sentence of the essay was taken either from a psychiatric association document, published in 2005, or a 2006 report by the University of Texas' Houston-area psychiatric center.

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